Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209
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CANDY MATSON, YUKON 2-8209Candy Matson was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209, an NBC West Coast show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy PI. Her understated love interest, Lt. Ray Mallard, was played by Henry Leff while her assistant and best pal, aptly named Rembrandt Watson, was the voice of Jack Thomas.
Every show opened with a ringing telephone and our lady PI answering it with "Candy Matson, YU 2-8209" and then the organ swung into the theme song, "Candy". Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. The writers, overseen by Monty, worked plenty of real Bay Area locations into every plot.
Candy was bright, tough, and fearless. She used her pistol infrequently, but was unintimidated by bad guys, regardless of circumstances. Threats, assaults, and even bullets would usually produce a caustic, but clever, response for this blonde sleuth. She and Mallard were frequently working the same case, but she usually solved it first.
OTR experts generally agree that this show was the finest of all the female PIs. Although the show ran until May 1951, it never attracted a sponsor (although the first season's final episode ended with the announcement that "Candy Matson Is San Francisco's Most Popular Program").
OTRR Release Information:
Series Name: Candy Matson YUkon 2-8209
Release Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Release Date: January 30, 2011
Release Version: Version 1.1
Number of CDs: 1
NOTE: Updated Release! Version 1.1 includes date changes plus other miscellaneous changes (27-Feb-2011).
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- 2006-12-27 16:11:26
Subject: Dudley Manlove
I must add this bit of trivia tho', and I'm not sure if he is on all the shows as I've yet to play them all, but the announcer Dudley Manlove, was the 'alien' captain in Ed Wood's infamously hilariously bad film 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' !!! He was of limited acting ability, tho' a fine announcer and commercial voice...and he is famously and magnificently bad in that '10 worst film' with many of his lines and how he delivered them classics still used today in smart phones and computers---find the wav files and the movie for an enjoyable hoot.
But he had a long successful career and should be honored for that...and is of course fine here as announcer. Just thought some of you might like another reason to listen and enjoy these shows!
Subject: first female detective
Candy still was a great show. though the ultimate in campyness. which I like.
Subject: Great Dialog
I would love to know more about the careers of the folks involved.
As a San Francisco Bay Area resident, I also appreciate the details about the locations. Reminds me of when I read some of Dashiell Hammet's stories.
Subject: Fun wise-cracking girl detective
Subject: Candy Matson
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